About me

I am a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and supervisor who has worked across a variety of settings for over thirty years. I am able to offer a range of services and strategies to support children, families and the staff who work with them to make positive changes in their lives.

I have worked as a therapeutic consultant across seven schools in Manchester, Derbyshire and Tameside since September 2010 providing play therapy, group work, staff training staff and head teacher consultation, parent consultations and parent child sessions. Along side this work I have published several articles and also written three books
Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviour Ages 3-5: A child-centred group work programme  published by routledge on 5th April 2016

Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviour Ages 7-11: A child-centred group work programme  published by routledge on 7th May 2013


Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviour Ages 5-7: A child-centred group work programme  published by routledge on 16th November 2014

I  also provide individual supervision for qualified play therapists, art therapists and drama therapists.

I qualified as a Play Therapist in 2004 and worked for the Calm Spaces Project in Manchester for seven years until March 2011. I worked as a Project Supervisor for the last two and half years of this which involved working as a therapist with children and families, offering regular staff consultations, delivering training to schools and provided individual and group supervision to a team of 9 therapists including Play Therapists, a Drama Therapist and Massage Therapists.

In addition to the list of services I provide, I am also able to design and deliver tailor made support and training on all aspects of therapeutic work , emotional health and wellbeing and behaviors for learning, to meet the needs of individual children, families, staff and schools.

I have provided consultation and contributed to the Therapeutic Standards for Schools in Manchester document which was published in November 2010.

I have extensive experience of working with children and families including:

  • Residential children’s homes
  • Primary schools
  • Day nurseries
  • Montessori nursery
  • Children’s courier
  • Setting up and working in an afterschool club
  • Working as a nanny in England and abroad

My experience of training includes the following:

  • Training to Primary schools on emotional health and wellbeing and therapeutic practice (see menu of training)
  • NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier for NVQ Childcare and NVQ Playwork courses
  • Training to Diversity and Inclusion on understanding play therapy
  • Lecturing on a range of courses including NVQ Childcare,NVQ Playwork, CACHE Diploma,BTEC National Diploma and Certificate in Counselling Concepts.
  • Working as a volunteer with Adult Literacy classes
  • Teaching English as a foreign language
  • Conferences – see Events page

My experience of therapeutic work includes the following:

  • Working as a play therapist for over 10 years across primary schools in Manchester and Tameside delivering individual play therapy, group work, parent child work, filial therapy and staff consultations.
  • Working freelance as a play therapist for Manchester Diversity and Inclusion
  • Working freelance for the Big Life Company providing parent child work

My experience of supervision includes:

  • Working as Project Supervisor for Calm Spaces for two and a half years providing both individual and group supervision to a team of staff including play therapists, a drama therapist and massage therapists
  • Providing supervision to an art therapist and school counsellor both working in primary schools.
  • Supervision and consultation for primary head teachers and other school staff.
  • Working as a Clinical Supervisor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy for Liverpool Hope University providing both individual and group supervision to play therapy trainees.

My qualifications include the following:

  • Intensive Filial Therapy Training
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy
  • Certificate in Further Education Teaching
  • MA Women’s Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • BA Modern Studies (Sociology)
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Internal Verifiers Award (D34)
  • NVQ Assessor Award (D32,33)
  • Montessori Nursery Foundation Certificate
  • NNEB

Professional Memberships

Full member of BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists)

1 Response to About me

  1. Hi Kath – just dropping you a line to say it is helpful and refreshing, as a primary teacher, to read a blog like this that refuses to let children and their needs slip from the radar. I’m worried about how school cultures impact on kids, and on teachers’ ability to respond to them, and this is all food for thought.


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